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CFHBones 06-04-2012 02:15 AM

Belt Squealing
99 Dodge 1500 5.2 liter Sport

My Water Pump failed a few weeks ago. I replaced it(Went for 2 long drives seemed fine but its started leaking again)

So i replaced it again tonight along with the thermostat (which did not seat right so that's leaking now)

But the belt (2 years old about 120000 Miles) Is now squealing like crazy i ran it at an idle and WD40 sprayed it.(Only sprayed the belt not the bearings themselves) This stooped the problem at an idle but if i give it any gas the squeal returns. I thought maybe i had put the belt on reverse (i didnt put the grove side one wrong just turned it) So i flipped it. Thinking that maybe with it being and older belt it was worn a certain way. This did not change it squeal continued.

I removed the tension off the belt and spun the tension arm and the rest of the pully's (did not spin the fan pully) everything sounded fine.

Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts (Going to change the belt tomorrow)

LunchboxL1 06-05-2012 02:01 AM

I would wait to see what happens after you replace your belt......the only two times I had any issues with my belt like yours was the first time there was not enough tension on it.....and the second it was worn out. Is there alot of tension on it?

Warlock III 06-11-2012 09:57 PM

I always make it a point to put an arrow on any belt I have to remove (pointing forward) so that it goes back on pointing in the same direction.

I'd suggest the Goodyear Gatorback belt if at all possible (lettering being read from the front). Dayco and others even if new have the tendency to squeak in about a week. I wound up keeping the Dayco for a spare and buying the Goodyear because it was worn just enough to not be able to be taken back.

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